Support available in the borough for paying bills.
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To help with the rising cost of energy bills, the government announced that eligible households will receive a one-off £150 energy rebate payment which won't have to be repaid.
We have also designed a discretionary energy rebate, which extends this payment to thousands more households. This closes on Tuesday 15 November 2022.
Reduce your energy usage
Find out more about how to reduce your energy usage and bills.
Not sure what bills to pay first?
The MoneyHelper Bill Prioritiser can help you put your bills in the right order and tell you what to do if you are struggling to pay.
Wandsworth residents can apply for Crisis Assistance for food and fuel.
Cost of Living Support for pensioners
A £130 one-off payment to pensioners in receipt of Council Tax reduction, you do not need to apply for Cost of Living Support for pensioners. Payments will be made direct to your bank, or you will be supplied with a voucher.
Winter Fuel Payments
In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills. This winter, they can also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment.
Find out more about the Winter Fuel Payment (GOV.UK).
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get £150 off your electricity bill for winter. The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October 2022 and March 2023.
You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.
The 2021/22 scheme is now closed. The 2022/23 scheme is expected to open in November 2022.
Find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme (GOV.UK).
Cold Weather Payment
If you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest, you may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0OC or below over seven consecutive days. Next year's scheme will start on 1 November 2022. Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments.
Find out more about the Cold Weather Payment (GOV.UK).
Energy Bills Support Scheme
All households with a domestic electricity connection in Great Britain are eligible for a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with energy bills from October. There is no need to apply for the discount. Energy suppliers will deliver this support to GB households with a domestic electricity connection over six months from October 2022.
Prepayment meter users will get equivalent vouchers to redeem, which are valid for 90 days. Your supplier should have your contact details, but if you’re not sure or you don’t receive any information from them, you should check that they have your latest number and email.
If you get vouchers you will need to redeem them at a top-up point. Your supplier will tell you where to redeem them, for example at a Post Office branch or a PayPoint shop. Make sure you redeem them as soon as possible, and within the 90 day limit.
Find out more about the Energy Bills Support Scheme (GOV.UK).
Energy supplier grants
If you are in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant to help pay it off.
The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:
- British Gas Energy Support Fund
- Scottish Power Hardship Fund
- Ovo Energy Fund
- ON Energy Fund
- ON Next Energy Fund
- EDF Energy Customer Support Fund
- Bulb Energy Fund
- Octopus 'Octo Assist Fund'
Priority Services Register
All large gas and electricity companies, as well the gas and electricity grids, offer a range of free services to their most vulnerable customers including residents of a pensionable age and those with additional health needs.
Joining the Priority Service Register entitles you to the following free services:
- A gas appliance and installation safety check (if everyone in the home is eligible)
- Quarterly meter readings
- Help in moving a meter if it is in an inconvenient position
- A personal password system for gas and electricity staff to use every time they call at the person’s home, to confirm they are genuine
- Help if they have difficulty in using certain appliances
- Bills sent to a friend or family member on their behalf
- Bills supplied in different formats, such as large print or Braille, by cassette or in a different language
Some energy companies offer extra services to residents. Most energy companies require you to be on their priority service register before offering reduced bills for vulnerable customers, otherwise known as a ‘social tariff’.
Thames Water has designed WaterSure and WaterHelp schemes to reduce the cost to households in need of extra support. This includes low-income households, households with large families and those who have a water-dependent medical condition.
Rent and Council Tax
If you're on a low income you may be able to get help with paying your rent and your Council Tax. You may also be eligible for Housing Benefit or a Discretionary Housing Payment to help with housing costs.
Local Assistance Scheme
For residents who receive welfare benefits who are subject to serious hardship, the Crisis Assistance scheme can help with the purchase of food and fuel and a Community Care Grant can help with the purchase of furniture and white goods.
Find out what benefits you could be entitled to.
TV licenses are free if you're aged 74 or over and you or your partner are in receipt of Pension Credit. Find out more about free TV Licensing.
Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Some providers call them ‘essential’ or ‘basic’ broadband.
They are delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price.
Find out more about cheaper broadband and phone packages.
If you are in receipt of free school meals and your child is moving into reception or year 7 in September 2022, you are entitled to help towards the cost of a school uniform.
Help with transport
We are working with cycle hire companies to provide low cost bicycle, e-bike, cargo bike and e-cargo bike options, including a Try Before You Bike scheme where you can see for free if cycling is for you. Visit our Cycling page for details.
There are also a range of car clubs in the borough that can save you the costs of owning or using your own car.
If you are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit or Jobseekers Allowance, you may be eligible for a travel discount.
Vet bills can be very high, but there are schemes that can help. The RSPCA has advice on how you can get support to cut costs.
Free COVID tests
Frontline workers in Wandsworth can claim free COVID-19 lateral flow tests, which are available from some borough libraries.
Suggest a service for the hub
If you think any information is missing on the Cost of Living Hub, including services provided by community groups, please submit your feedback.
Contact the hub
You can contact our Cost of Living Hub to get information and advice on the cost of living crisis, including where to get help about:
- Financial benefits
- Family and child care costs
- Finding your nearest warm Space
You can call the hub for free on 0808 175 3339 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.